God Alone a Refuge from Treachery and Oppression.
To the Chief Musician; to Jeduthun [Ethan, the noted musician, founder of an official musical family]. A Psalm of David.
1For God alone my soul waits in silence;
From Him comes my salvation.
2He alone is my rock and my salvation,
My defense and my strong tower; I will not be shaken or disheartened.
3How long will you attack a man
So that you may murder him, all of you,
Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence?
4They consult only to throw him down from his high position [to dishonor him];
They delight in lies.
They bless with [the words of] their mouths,
But inwardly they curse. Selah.
5For God alone my soul waits in silence and quietly submits to Him,
For my hope is from Him.
6He only is my rock and my salvation;
My fortress and my defense, I will not be shaken or discouraged.
7On God my salvation and my glory rest;
He is my rock of [unyielding] strength, my refuge is in God.
8Trust [confidently] in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him.
God is a refuge for us. Selah.
9Men of low degree are only a breath (emptiness), and men of [high] rank are a lie (delusion).
In the balances they go up [because they have no measurable weight or value];
They are together lighter than a breath.
10Do not trust in oppression,
And do not vainly hope in robbery;
If riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
11God has spoken once,
Twice I have heard this:
That power belongs to God.
12Also to You, O Lord, belong lovingkindness and compassion,
For You compensate every man according to [the value of] his work.